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2021 Top Michigan Men's Basketball Schools

21 Colleges
$29,834 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in Michigan ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 21 schools in Michigan, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in Michigan. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Michigan for Men's Basketball athletes in Michigan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school handed out 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

U-M brought in $21,114,322 while tallying up $9,874,360 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $11,239,962, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. U-M not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

The excellent sports programs at Michigan State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan. This large public school is located in East Lansing, Michigan, and it awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Michigan State took home $23,808,250 in revenue and paid out $14,395,851 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $9,412,399 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Michigan State not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Hope College

Holland, Michigan

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Hope College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Hope is located in Holland, Michigan and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 838 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Hope took home $211,106 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Hope is ranked #4 for overall quality in Michigan.

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#4

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Western Michigan University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan list. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the large public school handed out 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at WMU made $2,243,842 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#5

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Oakland University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, the fairly large public school handed out 3,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Oakland brought in $2,184,404 while tallying up $1,940,265 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $244,139, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 952.

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#6

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan

Michigan Technological University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Located in Houghton, Michigan, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Michigan Tech took home $841,711 in revenue.

Michigan Tech excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Ferris State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Located in Big Rapids, Michigan, the fairly large public school handed out 2,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Ferris made $853,565 in revenue, while incurring $654,990 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $198,575, which isn’t bad at all.

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#8

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Calvin University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It awarded 969 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Calvin took home $162,651 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Calvin also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, the fairly large public school awarded 4,343 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Central Michigan took home $2,168,814 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

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#10

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

With a ranking of #10, Grand Valley State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Located in Allendale, Michigan, the large public school handed out 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at GVSU made $747,271 in revenue.

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#11

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Wayne State University is a large public school located in Detroit, Michigan that handed out 3,652 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Wayne State brought home $732,191 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Lake Superior State University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Lake Superior State University is a public institution located in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 393 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Lake Superior State University made $498,559 in revenue.

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#13

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Eastern Michigan University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the fairly large public school awarded 3,635 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Eastern Michigan brought home $2,170,870 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 955.

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#14

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo College landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Kalamazoo, Michigan is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 373 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at K College brought home $193,586 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. K College not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#15

Alma College

Alma, Michigan

Alma College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Located in Alma, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 326 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Alma made $221,390 in revenue.

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#16

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

Albion College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Located in Albion, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 371 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Albion brought home $194,043 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

Saginaw Valley State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking, coming in at #17. Saginaw Valley State University is a medium-sized public school situated in University Center, Michigan. It awarded 1,527 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Saginaw Valley State University took home $646,791 in revenue and paid out $632,878 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $13,913, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan

Northern Michigan University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Marquette, Michigan, and it awarded 1,219 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Northern Michigan University made $703,878 in revenue, while incurring $691,735 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $12,143, which isn’t bad at all.

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#19

Adrian College

Adrian, Michigan

Adrian College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Adrian, Michigan, and it awarded 360 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Adrian made $113,776 in revenue.

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#20

Olivet College

Olivet, Michigan

With a ranking of #20, Olivet College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Olivet, Michigan, and it awarded 184 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Olivet brought in $324,278 while tallying up $241,915 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $82,363, which isn’t bad at all.

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#21

Finlandia University

Hancock, Michigan

With a ranking of #21, Finlandia University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Hancock, Michigan is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 61 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Finlandia took home $105,350 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 21 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Revenue and expense information comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) website.
  • The academic progress rate (APR) of each team was made available by the NCAA.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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